Cummings: Presidents need to open books on library fundraising

WASHINGTON — A new bill that would add transparency to the process of funding presidential libraries has passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Baltimore, and…

Court decision, midterm elections drive debate over Medicare for all

By JEFF LEVINE Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The decision by a federal court judge on Friday to strike down the Affordable Care Act strengthens the case for “Medicare for all,” according to Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of the Physicians…

Trump is using pardons differently than his predecessors, data show

Recent presidents developed norms about using their pardoning power: deploy it sparingly, approve applicants through an official process and delay controversial pardons. In his first 18 months in office, President Donald Trump has abided by none of these rules.

Congress, public bid farewell to “generational” Senator John McCain

By ZACH SELBY and CHRIS CIOFFI Capital News Service WASHINGTON – John McCain, “a drum major for courage, truth and justice,” was honored by family, friends and colleagues Friday in a United States Capitol Rotunda service. “This is one of…

Revised plan underway for new FBI site, raising hopes in Maryland – again

WASHINGTON — After planning that began in the George W. Bush administration, officials from Maryland at the national and state level are cautiously optimistic the latest push for a new FBI complex located outside the District of Columbia will come…

Van Hollen fights to preserve state and local tax deductions

WASHINGTON – As Congress tries to overhaul the nation’s tax laws, some Republicans want to reduce or eliminate state and local tax deductions. But Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said doing so would only hurt the middle class, including in…

Critics oppose Trump mine agency pick from industry over safety issues

David Zatezalo, President Trump’s nominee to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration, had repeated safety violations at mines he managed as CEO of Rhino Resources, a coal company.

Is another black president in America’s future?

WASHINGTON – In 2009, Barack Obama made history as the first black president of the United States. Now, some are wondering if there might be another black president in America’s near future. Since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s loss…

Trump takes oath, declares Washington’s power going back to “American people”

WASHINGTON — Promising to put “America first,” Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, assuming leadership of a polarized nation but with the benefits of a Republican-controlled Congress. Trump’s inaugural address, presented…

Smithsonian’s new museum captures sweep of the African American experience

Resilience is a key theme for the newest Smithsonian creation, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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